Family and Medical Leave (FML)
The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 requires covered employers to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to "eligible" employees for certain family and medical reasons. Employees must have worked for at least one year, and for 1,250 hours over the previous 12 months. Leave may be extended up to a maximum of twelve (12) work weeks of paid or unpaid leave during a twelve (12) month period. Family and medical leave shall run concurrently with paid leave, such as sick leave, annual leave, personal leave, workers' compensation leave, or any leave of absence without pay. An employee may request family and medical leave or the University may determine that the employee qualifies for FML and may place him/her on FML by so notifying the employee. Family and medical leave forms must be completed by the employee and health care provider, if required. Contact Sara Harper at 423-425-5743 for more information.
Insurance Guidelines for Employees on approved Family Medical Leave
Employees who are approved for Family Medical Leave by the Office of Human Resources will continue to have premium deductions as long as the employee is receiving a paycheck. If the employee is placed on leave without pay, the employee must contact Jecobi Swafford, Benefits Specialist, to make arrangements to provide the applicable monthly premium payment that normally would have been deducted from their paycheck. The University will NOT send a billing for the premiums and it is the employee's responsibility to provide the premium payment by the 1st of each calendar month.